Share the Joy:Christmas Memories

It's easy to stalk JoY
this time of year.

Family gatherings

the excited anticipation in children's eyes

the near-manic intensity in the grocery store
on Christmas eve day
(well, maybe most people don't find that joyful)

I found plenty of JoY
over the past week,
mostly in the form
of pint-size people.

Little Oliver is now almost
seven weeks old. 
Good as gold.
Loves to be upright.
Is a good snuggler.

His cousin Serenity got a rush of joy 
from holding him.

Logan had fun playing with Serenity,
finger puppets and hot wheels
(which the cats found absolutely fascinating)

and then there was the present-opening part.
Poor kid has too many Christmas appearances to count,
but each one comes with presents.

I want to give him Christmas memories 
beyond the ripping of paper
and the temporary frenzy of things,
so I engineered an outing.

Last year, 
we nearly froze our fingers
walking around Zoo Lights on a cold night.

This year, it was model trains, finger puppets
(which he had to leave at my house
since they're small enough for Oliver to swallow
when he gets a little more mobile)
and making art.

I also can't forget his impromptu pose
next to the statue in front
of the federal courthouse. 

My friend Jennifer was reminded of Zoolander.

Logan says when he grows up 
that he's going to work at McDonald's, 
Burger King and Taco Bell.
He's also going to be a pilot
 of helicopters and airplanes.
A dancer and singer.
Toy making elf.
Home builder and video game programmer.
But maybe, he says,
he'll change what he does.

(You get to do that, Logan.)

Where did you find your JoY this week?

Share the Joy. 

1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
the Mr. Linky box along with your info.

3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.

Let's start an epidemic of JOY!


Annie Jeffries said…
There just isn't anything better than a new born under the Christmas Tree. I was so lucky. Two kids. Two new borns under our tree that year. So cute.
4 Lettre Words said…
I am partial to boys, but that looks like a ton of fun! :)
You are right...there is nothing like pint size people to bring your joy.
Amazing photos of your Christmas joy. So beautiful !
Leovi said…
Beautiful photos, very sweet and full of tenderness.
Stephanie said…
You are making such special memories for your little clan!!!

Kim Mailhot said…
Beautiful joy ! Aren;t these memory making moments the food of the Soul ?
Love to know you are in this loving surround.
Wishing you and your clan the sweetest of New Year celebrations as well. Much love !

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